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    October 29, 2020

    Courier-Gazette Editorial Oct. 29

    Check us out online Election Night Due to tight deadlines, we will not be able to post election voting results in the Nov. 5 print edition of The Courier-Gazette, but we will post results as they come in election night at Knox.VillageSoup.com. Be sure to keep checking back for exciting updates. We will also post a summary of results in the Nov. 12 print edition of the papers. Little things matter Thomaston …

  • Published
    October 8, 2020

    Develop the Thomaston Green

    We were stunned to see the town of Thomaston vote down two good proposals for developing the former prison land on Route 1 known as the Thomaston Green. Failing by slim margins Sept. 15 were proposals from Avesta Housing for a senior living facility and Coastal Opportunities for a new group home. The Avesta project would have increased the town’s tax base. We recently heard from neighbors opposed to the project …

  • Published
    September 17, 2020

    Town officials over the line in defending Dragon

    “Nothing to see here,” was the message as Thomaston Planning Board Chair Joanne Richards and Select Board Chair Peter Lammert held a cheerleading session for Dragon Cement last week. They were prompted to spout their support of the large taxpayer after our article exposed the fact that the plant has been fined $66,937 for environmental violations. In response to the article and valid concerns from members of the …

  • Published
    September 3, 2020

    Support for nursing home project

    It would be a mistake for the city to pass up the opportunity to establish a new nursing home on Old County Road. The project will be badly needed, as we lose the Knox Center and part of Quarry Hill. Without it, Rockland residents may have to travel longer distances to visit relatives. In addition, we are seeing skyrocketing property taxes and increasing valuations in Rockland, which struggles as a service center …

  • Published
    August 27, 2020

    Back to school in the COVID-19 era

    As fall nears, Midcoast schools have announced their back-to-school plans. Whether parents have chosen to return their children to in-person classes or have them learn remotely until COVID-19 risks are lower, we appreciate the work our local educators are putting into our schools during this difficult time, both online and in the classroom. With the low number of cases in the area, local healthcare professionals …

  • Published
    August 20, 2020

    Going postal

    It is almost impossible to overstate the magnitude of President Donald Trump’s decision to weaken the U.S. Postal Service in order to prevent mail-in ballots during a pandemic to help his own campaign. “For the president to admit to deliberately trying to slow the mail process in order to curb mail-in voting is stunning, because it is political sabotage,” said Philip F. Rubio, an expert on the U.S. Postal Service …

  • Published
    August 13, 2020

    Gentrification, police to shape city politics

    It is early in the political season for the City of Rockland, but we predict two topics will loom large in the race for council seats this year — police funding and gentrification. Gentrification is a perennial concern for the community. We have recently seen a revaluation in the city that has raised property values on average by 19%, and in some parts of the city by much more. Particularly hard hit has been the …

  • Published
    August 6, 2020

    Wrong approach to police reform

    The people bringing a petition to the Rockland City Council with the objective of defunding the police department have good intentions, but this is not the right way to improve things in our community. We support getting the message out that Black Lives Matter and believe police should be accountable for any use of force. First, let’s look at the problem. We have seen in the national news that police need …

  • Published
    July 30, 2020

    Pick a plan for A.D. Gray and go for it

    The town of Waldoboro should jump on the opportunity to develop, preserve and keep alive the A.D. Gray school building, with two potential development projects being proposed. Watching the situation in Midcoast Maine in recent decades, we see it can be difficult to find good tenants for old school buildings. The Lincoln Street School in Rockland and the Thompson Community Center in Union have both seen challenges …

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    July 23, 2020

    Thank you, Lee-Ann!

    We suppose congratulations are in order for Lee-Ann Upham of Thomaston, who is retiring from her position as a select board member after 27 years. However, we know too that the other board members and the townspeople will miss her leadership. Lee-Ann has been something of an institution in the town. She has certainly been known to pick up the phone for curious reporters of The Courier-Gazette on more than one …

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